• WordNet 3.6
    • v reverberate treat, process, heat, melt, or refine in a reverberatory furnace "reverberate ore"
    • v reverberate spring back; spring away from an impact "The rubber ball bounced","These particles do not resile but they unite after they collide"
    • v reverberate to throw or bend back (from a surface) "Sound is reflected well in this auditorium"
    • v reverberate be reflected as heat, sound, or light or shock waves "the waves reverberate as far away as the end of the building"
    • v reverberate ring or echo with sound "the hall resounded with laughter"
    • v reverberate have a long or continuing effect "The discussions with my teacher reverberated throughout my adult life"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Reverberate Driven back, as sound; reflected.
    • Reverberate Hence, to fuse by reverberated heat. "Reverberated into glass."
    • Reverberate Reverberant. "The reverberate hills."
    • Reverberate To be driven back; to be reflected or repelled, as rays of light; to be echoed, as sound.
    • Reverberate To resound; to echo. "And the whole air pealed With the cheers of our men ."
    • Reverberate To return or send back; to repel or drive back; to echo, as sound; to reflect, as light, as light or heat. "Who, like an arch, reverberates The voice again."
    • Reverberate To send or force back; to repel from side to side; as, flame is reverberated in a furnace.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • reverberate To beat back; repel; repulse.
    • reverberate To return, as sound; echo.
    • reverberate To turn back; drive back; bend back; reflect: as, to reverberate rays of light or heat.—
    • reverberate Specifically, to deflect (flame or heat) as in a reverberatory furnance.
    • reverberate To reduce by reverberated heat; fuse.
    • reverberate To beat upon; fall upon.
    • reverberate To be driven back or reflected, as light or heat.
    • reverberate To echo; reëcho; resound.
    • reverberate To apply reverberated heat; use reverberatory agency, as in the fusing of metals.
    • reverberate Synonyms Recoil, etc. See rebound.
    • reverberate Reverberated; cast back; returned; reflected.
    • reverberate Reverberant; causing reverberation.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Reverberate rē-vėr′bėr-āt to send back, echo: to reflect: to drive from side to side: to fuse
    • v.i Reverberate to echo: to resound: to bound back: to be repelled: to use heat, as in the fusion of metals
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  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “Every burned book or house enlightens the world; every suppressed or expunged word reverberates through the earth from side to side.”
  • James Fenton
    James Fenton
    “The writing of a poem is like a child throwing stones into a mineshaft. You compose first, then you listen for the reverberation.”
  • Norman Mailer
    “The horror of the Twentieth Century was the size of each new event, and the paucity of its reverberation.”
  • Arthur Koestler
    “The most persistent sound which reverberates through man's history is the beating of war drums.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. reverberatus, p. p. of reverberare, to strike back, repel; pref. re-, re- + verberare, to lash, whip, beat, fr. verber, a lash, whip, rod


In literature:

Immediately after it, and before the echoes had ceased reverberating, there came a cry of terror from the tent where Mr. Roscoe was with Bart.
"Frank Roscoe's Secret" by Allen Chapman
From the myriad throated throng came a reverberating shout that rolled and echoed through the vaulted catacomb.
"City of Endless Night" by Milo Hastings
The reverberations from my fallen tear scarce were dead in my ears when I heard footsteps coming.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Vol. 10, No. 58, August, 1862" by Various
And then the chime rang, with a metallic, sharp click and then a long and reverberant clanging.
"Gunman's Reckoning" by Max Brand
He did not perceive the slightest reverberation, nor did the drum give the least vibratory sign.
"Punchinello, Vol. II., No. 33, November 12, 1870" by Various
In an instant the whole night was filled with a roar and thunder and reverberation of the cannon from, every quarter.
"America's War for Humanity" by Thomas Herbert Russell
As the stroke of the axe reverberated through the woods, no answer came back to assure him of the presence of friend or foe.
"Sustained honor" by John R. Musick,
But to Sofia the hurried beating of her heart reverberated on the stillness like the rolling of a drum.
"Red Masquerade" by Louis Joseph Vance
Hilda, from the kitchen, heard the greetings in the drawing-room, and then the reverberations of the sufferer's nose.
"Hilda Lessways" by Arnold Bennett
Explosion followed explosion, some of them coming in hollow, reverberating booms, others sounding as if in mid-air.
"The Danger Trail" by James Oliver Curwood

In poetry:

As they kneel and mumble
I hear reverberate
in cave and cell
the running bulls of Pamplona.
"At the Iglesia de Sacromonte" by Irving Layton
In far reverberations, echoing
In climaxes along,
Till, as with one broad, universal wing
The strong
"God Wrapt Him" by Alexander Anderson
And far among the glaciers
Were answering voices found,
As the thunder-blast of Freedom
Reverberated round.
"The March Of Freedom" by Ernest Jones
A fierier soul, its own fierce prey,
And cumbered with more mortal clay,
At Missolonghi flamed away,
And left the air
Reverberating to this day
Its loud despair.
"Shelley's Centenary" by William Watson
Why, is the bristling bayonet
Upon the death charged rifle set?
Why does the deafening cannon's roar,
Reverberate from shore to shore?
And why (the question still is pressed),
Why is the nation sore distressed?
"Emancipation Of The Slaves" by James Madison Bell
Now coming to herself again,
She thinks she sees her long-lost swain,—
'Tis he! 'tis he! she cries: the same!
She call'd aloud upon his name.
Th' enchanted caves, the woods among,
Fill'd with the sound, reverberating rung.
"Kate Crazed" by Thomas Odiorne

In news:

"Reverberation" Joins Fouyr Other Works In "Brand.NEW".
Two weekends ago, a group of five surfing buddies wandered onto a deserted San Mateo County beach, and may have waded into a battle that could reverberate up and down the California coast.
Akin is starting to reverberate (further) down the ballot.
Democrats hoping that Akin's rape remark will reverberate outside Missouri.
Three California cities' bankruptcy cases reverberate .
Badminton scandal continues to reverberate .
Jerry Sandusky scandal likely to reverberate at Penn State for years.
Questions, options reverberate from Snowe bombshell.
Badminton scandal continues to reverberate.
Let's go through three of the reverberations.
Questions, options reverberate from Snowe bombshell .
Barack Obama's re-election reverberates far beyond US borders — so much so that citizens of some distant nations, like Pakistan and Turkey, say they too should have been able to vote.
I relax in the hammock, the sound of gently crashing waves reverberating in the near distance.
It generates passion-fueled controversy that still reverberates today.
Shouts and chants reverberated throughout downtown Topeka Tuesday.

In science:

But as reviewed here, there is now ample evidence that observed lineprofile variability has a much longer time scale than can be explained by reverberation, and must therefore be a dynamical effect.
The End of the Lines for OX 169: No Binary Broad-Line Region
As the particles are produced they destroy one another, such that their world-sheets reverberate in a complex form.
The quantum vacuum, fractal geometry, and the quest for a new theory of gravity
If techniques like reverberation mapping can supply the rules for measuring these quantities [Wandel, Netzer], then we would be in a very good position to apply them to distant galaxies, where we cannot make dynamical measurements of the hole mass.
Probing the Physics of AGN: A Summary
The first task in reverberation mapping is surely kinematic - to determine the state of motion of the emission line gas.
Probing the Physics of AGN: A Summary
Fairall 9 and Mrk 744 exhibit infrared reverberation presumably associated with hot dust located decently outside the sublimation radius [Nelson,Oknyanski].
Probing the Physics of AGN: A Summary